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Early last year the National Board announced a new inspector certification program providing both new and seasoned employees the opportunity to receive recognized credentials for their expertise. This program, the Pressure Equipment Inspector (PEI), is a first of its kind.

The PEI was designed for a few reasons; (1) to enhance an individual’s knowledge of the inspection process associated with boilers and pressure vessels, (2) to allow individuals performing inspections to receive a certification recognizing their scope of work, and (3) as a way to assist individuals as well as organizations in improving the overall quality and safety of pressure equipment by having a better understanding of proven, reliable, and uniform inspection methods.1 Inservice and new construction are the two areas of inspection recognized under the program, and an individual can hold either one or both of these certifications.

To qualify for the PEI certification, an individual must attend and complete the National Board’s inservice and/or the new construction inspection course, take the final exam and earn a passing score, and provide a minimum of three years of qualifying experience. Then an online application must be completed and submitted for approval via the National Board website. Upon approval, a certificate and PEI ID card will be issued.

It is important to understand that the PEI will not be certified to perform the required ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code inspections or those required by the National Board Inspection Code.

To learn more about the new National Board PEI certification, visit the National Board website at www.nationalboard.org.

 

 

1 The Pressure Equipment Inspector, Today's Boiler, Spring 2013, http://digital.bnpmedia.com/display_article.php?id=1384242

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In 1998, Nationwide Boiler added 75,000 lb/hr trailer-mounted watertube boilers in two different models – 750F superheat temperatures and saturated steam conditions. Today we have a large stock of these superheated boilers and can offer them with a desuperheater for companies who need saturated steam. We often rent them out to companies in the pulp and paper industry, petroleum refineries, and chemical companies.

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Nationwide Boiler first introduced high capacity mobile boiler rooms in 1989, featuring firetube boilers in a range of sizes. They are designed to provide a temporary steam supply when a conventional, permanent solution is not available.

These mobile boiler rooms incorporate the boiler and all required auxiliary equipment, including feedwater system (feedwater pumps & tank), water softener, chemical feeder and blowdown tank, and are mounted together inside an enclosed van or on an open trailer. The only external requirements for operation are fuel, make-up water, blowdown drains, and external electrical power.

Check out our large inventory of mobile boiler rooms available to rent in multiple steam capacity sizes.

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Babcock & Wilcox (B&W) is the longest standing boiler manufacturer in the country and is an internationally acknowledged leader in all aspects of steam generation. The company has been manufacturing watertube boilers for over 145 years and has the most expertise and experience in the industry. The watertube boiler design was patented in 1856 by Stephen Wilcox, and just 11 years later he and George Babcock established the company, Babcock & Wilcox.

B&W has completed many “firsts” in the boiler industry, including the install of the first utility boiler in 1881, the first “black liquor” boiler placed and sold in the USA in 1935, and the manufacture of the world’s first supercritical pressure coal-fired boiler in 1957. B&W boilers were also used to power the first subway station in New York City. In more recent years, accomplishments for B&W include the development of oxy-fuel technology for carbon capture and the formation of a Nuclear Power Generation Group in 2007.

Their commitment to providing safe and dependable steam for power generation has continued throughout the years and proven to be the best in the industry. B&W boilers seen all over the world have lasted 50 years plus and are still in good working condition.

As a representative and stocking distributor for Babcock & Wilcox, Nationwide Boiler is proud to promote our “World Boiler”, a 200,000 lb/hr Skid-mounted FM120-124 Babcock & Wilcox Watertube Boiler. We also have a large stock of 75,000 lb/hr trailer-mounted B&W boilers in our rental fleet and available for purchase.

To learn more about Babcock & Wilcox, visit their website at www.babcock.com.

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